Caribana- 3rd Largest Mardi Gras in the World
Favorite thing: Caribana starts in mid July and ends the first saturday of August with a day long parade. You will have difficulty getting a place to stay in Toronto during this period.
The parade is the big event . It starts around 11:00 am in the CNE grounds and proceeds west along Lakeshore Boulevard.
At the start line the bands and each of their dance groups perfrom a five minute presentation in front of the media/judge centre. After all dance gropus complete their presentation they re-group and proceed to Lakshoire Bvld.
That precess breaks up the flow and the bands become sepatated by about 15 minutes.
After which it is not really a parade but more like a street party that moves down the road. Another way to define the event is to say that the parade , bands on trailer trucks surrounded by revellers in colourful garb , plow into the crowd lining the street and hopefully make it to the end of the parade .
Close to 800,000 attend the street party.
The best place to sit ( on bleachers ) is at the start line in the CNE. $25 admittance.
All groups have to present somthing to the judges at the start line pavillion. Sitting east of the start line you get to see the colourful groups all lined up and getting pumped up for their presentation . At the start line you see the performences. There is no problem movng between areas.
For a first timer one should go to a viewing area in the SW corner of the CNE grounds on the north side of Lakeshore Boulevard. There is an admission fee ( $ 12 adult) but you can sit on a grassy knoll and it is probably the best place to view the parade .
Bring an umbrella it rained last year in 2005. Also bring a hat , sunscreen , sun glasses ,etc.
Fondest memory: August 2007.
Perfect weather with a breeze which made the very colourful flags a real sight.Related to:
Favorite thing: One day I was walking on Yonge Street by the Eaton Centre and a Krishna procession started down the street. I took several pictures and watched in fascination. Then right after they marched by there was yet another parade proceeding down Yonge Street. This was the Orange Day parade. Right there in just 30 minutes I was experiencing a classic example of multiculturalism in Toronto. A blending of old generation and new. Hang around in Toronto long enough and this will happen to you too. I have accidently stumbled into cultural festivals all the time in Toronto with peoples from Romania, Russia, China and Portugal. If you are active and like to walk about, Toronto is full of such pleasurable surprises.
Things to do
Favorite thing: Toronto has something to offer for everyone, it all depends where your interests are.
Online check out www.martiniboys.com the latest tips about restaurants (new openings), clubs, concerts, parties etc (also for Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary) much better than your typical hotel booklet.
Now Magazine, free available at most street corners or coffee shops, has a very extensive list of music venues, art showings, must be a little openminded re some articles. etc...online www.nowtoronto.com Eye weekly also free both magazines are a little alternative, but really good info what is happening in the city. www.eye.net.
www.toronto.com a little more more mainstream but includes agenda's and events for children also. If you are coming in the summer be sure to to see what is happening at Harbour front www.harbourfrontcentre.com free concerts, or when not free walk around and you can still enjoy what is going on, outdoor movies, cultural events, it is a bit touristy but a must visit in the summer day and night.
ST. JAMES PARK
Favorite thing: Dominated by St. James Cathedral, ST. JAMES PARK is bordered by King Street to the south, Adelaide Street to the north, Jarvis Street to the east and Church Street to the west. It was a green oasis in a jungle of tall buildings. We went right through it several times on our way to the King Edward to meet up with Berni and Carl. The Park had a lovely Victorian Garden, with a small fountain in the middle and a lovely gazebo.Related to:
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FANTASTIC VIEWS OF THE CITY
Favorite thing: From the Ferry and Toronto Islands, there are FANTASTIC VIEWS OF THE CITY. You can clearly see the CN Tower and the Toronto Skyline and as it was a beautiful, sunny autumn day with clear blue skies, it made the pics even nicer.Related to:
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ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL
Favorite thing: Located right across the street from our Hotel and just off of King Street, the Anglican Church of Canada's ST. JAMES CATHEDRAL is absolutely beautiful. There is a plaque just outside the cathedral which reads: "York's first church was built here in 1803-07 with the aid of public subscriptions and a government grant. That frame building was enlarged in 1818-19 and replaced by a larger one in 1831. The second church was burnt in 1839. Toronto's first Cathedral was then erected on this site, but was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1849. The present Cathedral was begun in 1850, opened for divine service in 1853 and completed in 1874."Related to:
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LIGHTHOUSE ON TORONTO ISLAND
Favorite thing: This text is from the plaque located on the LIGHTHOUSW ON TORONTO ISLAND - The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. " This lighthouse, one of the earliest on the Great Lakes, was completed in 1808 as an hexagonal tower 52 feet high, topped by a wooden cage with a fixed whale-oil lantern. In 1832, it was raised to 82 feet and later equipped with a revolving light. The mysterious disappearance of its first keeper, J.P. Rademuller, in 1815 and the subsequent discovery nearby of part of a human skeleton, enhanced its reputation as a haunted building."Related to:
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ZIMBABWEAN SCULPTURES EXHIBITION
Favorite thing: While we were on Toronto Islands, there was an amazing display of sculptures spread throughout the gardens. The ZIMBABWEAN SCULPTURES EXHIBITION sure was a treat. The sculptures were so beautiful. The one I'm posing with was especially nice, with a carving of an African woman and child.Related to:
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Sisters in Toronto
Favorite thing: Like i said before, the main reason I went to Toronto was to see Niagara Falls. It has been something I wanted to do since i was about 12 years old and our friend Magda went with her family. She brought back pictures and I knew I needed to come to this place.
What I loved about Toronto was that it never occured to me to come here, so i didnt really have expectation of this place. People talked about the diversity of Toronto and all that stuff but until you are there and experience it for yourself you really cant relate to it.
My sister and I walked all over the Financial and entertainment district unit late at night and we always felt pretty safe.
Fondest memory: I felt like Michelle and I bonded during this trip and we had the best time. She was an awesome travel companion! I cant wait for the next trip.
Favorite thing: The city has many large and interesting buildings. This is not surprising given how large the city is. I was so impressed that I made albums just on the city buildings. Below is the link to one of those albums. From there are links to other albums on the city buildings. You wont get lost though, as there are easy links to return back to my Toronto pages!
Meanwhile, I provide pictures of some of the most impressive structures of the city.
Goodwill and other Charities
Favorite thing: What I appreciate for example, is that there is caring for the needy. In the subways, most advertisements are for charities. Just one example, is Goodwill. They accept donations of virtually any used goods. These articles are then sold in their stores and used to help the impoverished and finding jobs. They have donation stations at various city areas. Fortunately for me, they have one near me, hence easy for me to dispose of what I do not need. That also makes it easy for me to take a photograph of their donation truck!
Their website: http://www.goodwill.on.ca/
Do you ever wonder............
Favorite thing: .........where all those school buses go during the day?
Here they are, all parked up on a Toronto street (somewhere at the back of Union Station)!
Sorry, I just love this photo and this was about the only thing I could think of to do with it :))Related to:
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Favorite thing: Bloor Street is a major east-west commercial thoroughfare in Toronto.
The street is named after Joseph Bloor (or Bloore), a developer of this area in the 19th Century and founded the Village of Yorkville in 1830. He is buried at Necropolis Cemetery on Bayview Avenue and Rosedale Valley Road.
Bloor Street in Toronto runs from the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto's east-end into the west-end and into Mississauga where it ends at Central Parkway. East of the DVP, Bloor Street becomes Danforth Avenue. In downtown, especially around the intersection with Bay Street, it is one of the most exclusive stretches of real estate in Toronto.
Bloor Street is the principal east-west artery of Toronto's underground subway system. Each of the stops along the Bloor-Danforth line are situated either on or within a few metres from Bloor Street. The approximately 25 kilometer street contains a significant cross-sample of Toronto's ethnic communities. Beginning at Danforth and driving west, one will pass through Toronto's Greek, Somali, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Polish, Korean and Croatian communities.
Bloor Street serves as the northern-most edge of the campus of the University of Toronto, and is host to several of Toronto's historic sites including the Bata Shoe Museum, The Royal Conservatory, the Annex, and the southern edge of Yorkville.
The Bloor-Danforth subway line runs along the Toronto portion of the roadway.
Fondest memory: The Bloor and Yonge intersection is one of the most popular and trendy shopping areas in Toronto, housing several large, well known fashion and jewellery companies such as Gucci, Christian Dior and Prada, Guerlain. It also has several small Canadian designers and shops popular amongst Canadians and Torontonians, such as Over the Rainbow, Aritzia and Lululemon.
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Favorite thing: Bay Street in Toronto is basically Toronto's financial district and when you here reference to it, it's generally in that context. Many of the world's largest corporations and certainly Canada's largest are headquartered on this street or in the area. Right in the downtown core there are a lot of skyscrapers, etcetera but it's a nice area to explore around I thought, you can always duck underground into the PATH from here as well.Related to:
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Favorite thing: I have an interest in wind power and like to research its applications. The first tower I had ever seen was in Whitehourse, in the Yukon and then I discovered this one in Toronto. I find wind towers are an amazing symbol of a sustainable source of energy and living. You can see this tower from most hotels or high rise buildings in Toronto. For some details on the actual tower I pulled some text from another web site. I've sourced it and provided a web site link. Apparently its a popular spot to hang out in the summer time as well with the tourist.
Toronto is home to North America's first large scale wind turbine installed in an urban environment. Located at Exhibition Place near the shores of Lake Ontario, it rises 94 metres, or roughly 30 stories. Each of its three fibreglass blades measures 24 metres in length and rotate at about 11 metres per second or 27 revolutions per minute. In winds with speeds of 10 -12 knots per hour, the turbine produces 128 kilowatts of electricity. On average, the 750kw wind turbine will generate 1,400-megawatt hours of electricity per year, equivalent to the electricity needs of about 250 homes, and can displace about 380 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Toronto Hydro Energy Services constructed and jointly owns the wind turbine at Exhibition Place with WindShare Cooperative, providing the initial analysis, design, implementation and project management for this groundbreaking project. The $1.8-million project involved several unique challenges including structural foundation, site assessment, urban municipal approvals, permits and interconnection to the electricity grid. The project is an excellent example of how communities can work together to meet their electricity needs and address global issues of air pollution and climate change. Source: http://www.thenergyservices.com/business/renewable_energy/wind/index.cfm
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